Duane Funderburk began his musical studies in the Pacific Northwest studying with Marcile Mack at Seattle Pacific University and Randolph Hokanson at the University of Washington. While in Seattle he performed chamber music with cellist Carter Enyeart and violist Alan Iglitzen, both members of the Philadelphia String Quartet. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Institute where he studied with pianists Bela Nagy, Samuel Lipman, Ruth Laredo, and Edith Oppens.
Dr. Funderburk holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Seattle Pacific University, a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Boston University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in collaborative piano from the University of Southern California.
While in Boston he won first place in the Aaron Richmond Piano Competition, performed live on Boston Public Radio, and gave recitals at the Gardner Museum, Worcester Art Museum, and Goethe Institute. International orchestral performances include appearances with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Panevezys Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania.
He has performed as soloist in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, and has performed in Seoul, Korea, with the touring Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra from Ukraine. As a collaborative artist with violinist Alex Russell, Duane has performed at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, as well as appearances in Sweden, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Ukraine, Armenia, Canada, and numerous venues in the United States.
As a composer/arranger, Duane has written numerous works for both the concert stage and the church worship experience. His pieces are a result of many years of preparing sacred music arrangements for colleagues to use in church services, recitals and music festivals. MorningStar Music Publishers, Fred Bock Music, Concordia Publishing House, and Jubal House Music publish both instrumental and choral works by Duane. These include chamber music, orchestral and choral arrangements, many based on American hymn tunes. Currently, Dr. Funderburk serves as Director of Instrumental Music at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, and composes for and performs with many musicians from the Los Angeles area. Duane also assists as collaborative pianist at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.